Hospital negligence cases generally arise because of the failure of a Doctor, Consultant or another health professional to meet a certain standard of care that is required by the medical profession when dealing with patients.
If a medical professional fails to exercise reasonable medical judgement in a particular case then that health care professional is negligent. The standard required by a Doctor or health care professional are based on what a reasonable health care professional with the requisite qualifications and skills should do in the circumstances.
A number of mistakes can arise during surgery and we have come across cases where instruments or swabs were left behind in a patient accidentally during a procedure. If an instrument or swab is left behind it could damage an organ or cause infection or other damage.
We have come across a surprising number of surgical errors and we have taken many cases against the HSE for negligence arising in hospitals.
There are so many circumstances where hospital negligence can arise and the following is not an exhaustive list of the types of common errors and mistakes which lead to medical negligence claims:
- Objects inside the patient’s body
- Incorrect use of anaesthesia
- Operating on the incorrect organ or body part
- Damage to organs
- Damage to nerves
- Inadequate results from surgery due to surgical errors
- Failure to obtain the patients consent
- Incorrect organ removal
- Contaminated instruments used for surgical procedures
- Errors in prescriptions